Best Skype mic/camera for Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by bengle3rt, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. bengle3rt macrumors member

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    Unfortunately I do not have a beautiful Apple monitor with a built-in iSight camera and microphone. Right now I take Skype calls on my iPad while working on my Mac Pro, but that's silly and it's hard to share files from the computer etc.

    I work remotely for a lot of different clients so I spend a good chunk of my day on Skype. What would you guys recommend as far as USB/FW microphone and camera? Audio quality is important, video not so much (although good low-light performance is desirable). I've heard good things about this Polycom unit, but for that kind of money I'd love if it had a camera as well.

    And of course, my inner Apple nerd is just dying to pick up an old Firewire iSight on eBay. But I have no idea whether those actually sound good.
     
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    I'm pretty happy with my Logitech C510. It's not terribly expensive and both video and audio are good. The software that comes with it doesn't work on Macs, but I don't think there's any decently recent/good webcam whose software works on Macs.
     
  3. bengle3rt thread starter macrumors member

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    So, no drivers required? Plug and play?
     
  4. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, just plug it in and it works with Skype, PhotoBooth and everything else I've tried.
     
  5. bengle3rt thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome. I'll check it out.

    Can anyone comment on the performance of the old firewire iSights? I see a few different model numbers on eBay - I assume they improved the resolution at some point? Is there a definitive list of which model numbers have which features?
     
  6. Neodym macrumors 68000

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    To my knowledge Apple never increased resolution on the external (FireWire) iSights, which means they're all 640x480. Modern webcams from other brands reach (e.g. Autofocus) or even outperform the old iSights e.g. in terms of low-lighting performance or resolution.

    As USB-Cams are now natively supported by Apple, there simply is no need for an iSight anymore, except if your machine has only USB 1.1 and/or a weak CPU (e.g. Cube).

    Personally I have very good experiences with a Logitech webcam, too - in my case I'm satisfied with the Logitech Pro 9000.

    Edit: The Polycom CX-100 you referenced is indeed a very good unit (from personal experience), but it obviously has no cam. You could still buy this and please your inner Apple nerd by getting an old iSight in addition, as those are still acceptably good units and your focus is on audio anyway...
     
  7. szolr macrumors 6502

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    If you can afford a Mac Pro, shouldn't an Apple Thunderbolt Display be hardly more of a dent in your wallet?
     
  8. paronga macrumors member

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    no. I bought my mac pro second hand and a led cinema display would be 70% or the cost of my mac pro.

    I'd love one, but can't afford it.
     
  9. toxic macrumors 68000

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    Mac Pros start at $2500. a Cinema Display is $1000. how is that hardly a dent? and spending $1000 for a webcam and mic is rather stupid.
     
  10. szolr macrumors 6502

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    Fair enough. There's some good Logitech Mics and Camera sets available then.
     
  11. bengle3rt thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the tips, everyone.

    I am actually thinking about 30" ACDs - I don't do well on glossy and like the design of the older monitors better. Sadly it doesn't look like Thunderbolt support is coming to my Mac Pro by way of an expansion card, either...

    Those 30s don't have a built in camera or mic to my knowledge, so whatever I get now will remain in use once they arrive...
     
  12. yomibro macrumors regular

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    I use a Logitech C910 for both Skype and FaceTime in Lion and it works very well, like the other folks mentioned it's plug and play even though there are drivers available for Leopard though their website.
     
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